Teachers and Students
New Activity Guide (Grades 6-12)
Download our new collection of learning activities designed to support the curriculum for social studies in grades six and nine and grade 12 law and global issues. The collection is divided into four main themes – government and the ombudsman, fair decision making, access to information and information privacy.
The collection includes privacy lessons created by MediaSmarts for the Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada and provincial and territorial privacy protection authorities.
Privacy Activity Sheets (Grades 1-3)
The Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada, in collaboration with provincial and territorial counterparts, has produced a new series of activity sheets to help young Canadians understand various privacy issues by presenting them in a visually appealing, easy-to-understand format:
- Privacy Snakes and Ladders is a twist on the classic children’s game that helps players learn how to make smart privacy choices by climbing up a ladder when they make a good decision or sliding down a snake because they have shared a password with a friend, for example.
- Connect the Dots has kids complete the picture of a family with a checklist of rules they can use at home to practice good online privacy.
- Learning About Passwords / Colour the Tablet challenges kids to create their own strong, eight-character password by filling in the blanks. It also asks them to draw a lock on a tablet, representing how password protects an electronic device.
- Word Search introduces children to privacy vocabulary by having them comb through a puzzle to find words such as “post,” “click” and “footprint.”
Joining the Herd (2007) and Joining the Herd II (2011) were developed to assist teachers and students in their journeys to active and informed citizenship.
Poster: Be Safe and Secure Online
Manitoba Ombudsman and the Office of the Children’s Advocate have produced a poster for young people with some simple reminders for staying safe and secure online. The poster is available in English and French by contacting either office.
Social Smarts: Privacy, the Internet, and You
To help young people engage about privacy, the Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada produced a graphic novel, Social Smarts: Privacy, the Internet, and You, which has been endorsed by Manitoba Ombudsman and other information and privacy commissioner offices across the country. A discussion guide for teachers is also available.
The youth rights pamphlets were prepared through a joint initiative of the Office of the Children's Advocate, the Manitoba Human Rights Commission and Manitoba Ombudsman. The pamphlets were designed to promote an increased awareness and knowledge of youth rights as well as avenues through which rights concerns can be addressed.
Available in alternate formats upon request.